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Old 01-03-2016, 12:24 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
It's not only a matter of who's in control of the record labels, but also about who's in control of the media, and especially radio and television. In the 60's and 70's there was lots of socio-political commentary in popular music. Lots of anti-war songs. And some of them got airplay and became sizeable hits. It may not fit into "the counter culture was infiltrated and controlled by the CIA" narrarive, but the undeniable fact is that the music of the day, plus things like "Hanoi Jane (Fonda)" helped to raise public consciousness about the true nature of the Vietnam war. The powers that be have learned their lesson from those days. NEVER again will they allow scruffy rockers or other celebs to interfere with their agendas. "Just shut up and sing about the ass of your girlfriend. If not, you can kiss your career goodbye."

And the same is true for the media. They are no longer a seperate entity that is keeping a beedy eye on things. They are now best friends with - or even a major part of the powers that be. No more shocking footage or pictures from the victims in Syria like there had been in the Vietnam days. Now they are traveling with (are embedded with) "our boys" so that they identify with them and tell the story from their (and thus our) perspective.
Speaking of differing from the usual conspiracy narrative:

Until the launch of BBC Radio One in 1967, pop music in Britain was seen as something quite subversive and rebellious. What was the BBC doing up until then? Only five hours of recorded music per day was allowed; this was at the height of Beatlemania. Instead, the BBC Light Music Orchestra was employed to play live muzak versions of pop hits of the day. The presenters spoke in a very posh, 'Queen's English' way. Meanwhile, the pirate station Radio Caroline was playing all the records that the BBC wouldn't allow, so no prizes as to what the young people considered most cool.

When Radio One started, they brought in many of those pirate djs, so in a lot of ways, that was an example of the mainstream co-opting something that was seen as alternative, and it's happened many times since. By the time of the first Gulf War, it had got to a stage where a group such as Massive Attack changed their name, due to the implications re the war!

If those tv talent shows went out live, it'd be quite fun to see someone go on there and do a 'Howard Beale'. But that will never happen today.

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